As the Guardian reports:
The former foreign secretary refuses to apologise for writing that a Muslim woman wearing the veil resembles “a bank robber” and that it is “absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes”.
Now let’s be clear. Johnson was not calling fir it to be banned. He was criticising it, using humour. Rowan Atkinson has commented:
Atkinson wrote in a letter to The Times: ‘As a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnson’s joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one.’
He added: ‘All jokes about religion cause offence, so it’s pointless apologising for them. ‘You should really only apologise for a bad joke. On that basis, no apology is required.’
If it was a joke about any other religion, there would be no issue. But in the madness of the UK, the Met Police even got a legal opinion about whether they could arrest Boris for his joke.
Anyway the media are camped outside his house, and Boris comes out with a tray of tea. He offers tea to all the journalists, but refuses comments on the controversy, saying he came outside on a humanitarian mission as they had been there for so long.